Top 5 Headlines 1/5: A Look Back at 2014

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1. Chiefs Season Review: The First Quarter

By Pete Sweeney - kcchiefs.com

"Looking back now, it's easy to point to the Chiefs' opening day matchup against the 2-14 Tennessee Titans as the "game that got away" because so much of it was uncharacteristic of who the Kansas City Chiefs turned out to be.

Before the game, the Chiefs knew they would be without wide receiver Dwayne Bowe, who had been suspended for a game. They quickly lost three key players in the game—defensive lineman Mike DeVito, linebacker Derrick Johnson and right tackle Jeff Allen—all who in the past few years had been mostly injury-free. Running back Jamaal Charles, a player who the Chiefs always rely on for an offensive spark, received just 11 touches and was atypically a non-factor. And quarterback Alex Smith, a rare interception thrower, threw three balls away."    READ MORE…

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2. Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali will likely play another season, but the question is where

By Terez Paylor - The Kansas City Star

"The list of positive football characteristics that describe Tamba Hali is a long one.

He is a hard worker with a passion for rushing the quarterback. Hali, a nine-year veteran, is a technician in that regard, and he's also a tough guy who always plays hard. Personnel men call this combination of traits "football character," and Hali has it in spades."    READ MORE…

3. Bears get 1st crack at interviewing Chiefs' Chris Ballard for GM job

By Dan Widerer - Chicago Tribune

"As the Bears' search for a new general manager enters its second week, Chiefs director of player personnel Chris Ballard appears to be emerging as a front-runner. And if the Bears have Ballard tabbed as their top candidate for a job that came open last week with the firing of Phil Emery, they'll also have the first crack at securing Ballard's services.

According to a league source, Ballard will interview with the Bears on Wednesday. He also has been contacted by the Jets about their GM vacancy but will visit with the Bears first."    READ MORE…

4. Chiefs LB Justin Houston named AP All-Pro

By BJ Kissel - kcchiefs.com

"After receiving 47 of the possible 50 votes by a national panel of 50 media members, Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston was named to the AP All-Pro team.

Also receiving votes for the Chiefs were fullback Anthony Sherman, who received 14 votes, while center Rodney Hudson and return specialist De'Anthony Thomas received one vote a piece."    READ MORE…

5. Derrick Johnson and Mike DeVito Should be Ready for 2015

By Pete Sweeney - kcchiefs.com

"Heading into the Kansas City Chiefs' first game against the Tennessee Titans, defensive lineman Mike DeVito and linebacker Derrick Johnson, the team's defensive leaders, were primed for memorable seasons.

Johnson, who was drafted by the Chiefs in the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft, needed just 18 tackles to tie former Chiefs linebacker Gary Spani's franchise record of 999 tackles."    READ MORE…

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